ERIC Number: ED337301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Working with Families: Promising Programs To Help Parents Support Young Children's Learning. Summary of Findings. Final Report.
Goodson, Barbara Dillon; And Others
This report presents the findings of a study conducted for the U.S. Department of Education that analyzed 17 family education programs for disadvantaged families. In-depth studies were conducted on-site for 7 programs; an additional 10 programs were studied via telephone interviews. An "Executive Summary" of eleven pages (also separately published) precedes the body of the report. The body of the report is organized around major challenges faced by the programs. These include: (1) recruiting families, which involves a number of targeting choices and recruitment methods; (2) sustaining family participation, which involves several design components, an array of services, and sensitive interaction between parents and staff; (3) staffing programs, which involves determining the type and number of staff, staff qualifications, and staff training; (4) establishing a curriculum, which involves choosing methods of instruction that work with families and being sensitive to family differences; (5) collaborating with public schools; and (6) evaluating programs. The report concludes with an itemization of strategies that these successful programs use to meet these challenges. A list of 32 references is included. Appendixes provide a description of the study methodology; descriptions of the 7 programs studied on-site and 10 programs studied by telephone interview; and a list of program contacts. (BC)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Elementary Education, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Low Income Groups, Parent Conferences, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parents as Teachers, Personnel, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, Recruitment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.